Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Who Has Seen the Wind


The wind blew through the wood
enjoying the quiet and views,
and then it began whispering -
spreading the latest news:

That nice family of squirrls
got into an awful fight
with a terribly loud owl
who kept them up all night.

There was a big collision
and two birds got a fright,
so there's now a new rule -
no flying at night.

And that sweet brown bear?
he was eating so much honey
that the bees have decided
to start charging him money.

There were more daffodils
blooming every day,
and the wind was pleased to report
another sunny day.

The old Oak had enough
of the wind bending their ear -
"you have to quiet down,
you're the worst gossip here."



Featured: pinata dolls made of
recycled plastic bottles and silk paper.
They are, of course, full 
of candy and little treats.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn

1. The plot - Rachel and a colleague are sent back
in time from an unspecified future to 1815 England
with a mission to track down Jane Austen.
Why? Of course I'm not telling.

2. The protagonist - Rachel is in her mid 30s,
a medical doctor with a passion for all things Jane.
She is equally tough and fragile, smart, capable,
and very endearing.

3. This is a light read but the book does make you think
about the long way women have come since
the regency. Personally, I've always been concerned 
with questions of hygiene when contemplating 
time travel and the book does touch on that as well,
indoor/outdoor plumbing included.

4. The book reminded me a little of another time travel
favorite - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

5. If you've never dreamed of going back in time
to meet Jane Austen... really, why not?


Featured: a couple of lavender sachets.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mr. Green and the Magic Bean


Mr. Green
was very keen
to keep everything clean
by any mean.

He was summoned by the queen
who was a bit mean
and always has been
because of her spleen.

Mr. Green
restored the sheen
to the mirror of the queen
so she could preen.

The mean queen 
appreciated hygiene
and gave Mr. Green
a magic bean.

Mr. Green
stopped by the canteen
ate a sardine
and drank some caffeine.

He then left his machine
took the magic bean
and was last seen
leaving this crazy scene.


It is too early to use
this new lap blanket - 
but it is always a good time
for my little nephew Noam.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Let There Be Light


The many colors
of the rising sun,
the long bright day
when things are done,
the cooling breeze
that evening brings -
the world is quite full
of wonderful things.


Featured: little cups cozied
with embroidery become
candle-holders.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Monkey and the Giraffe


A monkey asked a giraffe
to a game of basketball,
the giraffe had to a laugh - 
"you've noticed I am tall?"

The monkey didn't care:
"I never miss a trick,
you may be tall and fair,
but I am very quick".

The giraffe again had to laugh:
"your arms are quite long
but you're just not tall enough
and you know that I'm not wrong".

The monkey was having fun:
"don't you worry, my dear,
after the game is done
I'll let you buy me a beer".

It looked as if the debate
could last the whole long day
but then the ball had enough
and gently rolled away.


Featured: two softie balls
made from yarn scraps
waiting for the arguments to end
and the games begin.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunny Side Up


Yellow says to pink:
you're a fizzy happy drink;
pink answers yellow:
you're a cheery cup of jell-o.


Featured: little fridge magnets
made of crochet and tiny beads.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sew a Softie - The Crafternoon


It begins with needle and thread
that's how the magic is bred;
some fabric, a little stuffing,
and still it looks like nothing.

Now comes the fun part -
you begin working your art,
and as you sew your design
the magic begins to shine.

You stop for tea and cake,
and then go on with your make;
you work a little faster,
magic is a stern master.

With tea, conversation and fun
your softie is quickly done,
and you hope to return soon
for another crafternoon!


We are once again joining the Sew a Softie project
where my niece Dana (8) is a 'Kid Ambassador',
serious in her mission to spread the joy of sewing.

To that end we've hosted a crafternoon
where Dana showed how to make a heart softie.
We've made a garland out of the hearts
to show that you can make softie decorations
to cheer any party.


And there was even a student hiding underneath the table...